The original 1947 “Miracle on 34th Street” will be screened Thursday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

Valentine Davies wrote the very literate and enjoyable screenplay, as well as the book, for this heartwarming film. When Santa Claus in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is found to be inebriated, an elderly man (Edmund Gwenn) with a white beard, going by the name of Kris Kringle, is hired by Macy’s department store and follows his own sense of the holiday season. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and 9-year-old Natalie Wood star in this Oscar-winning film that peels back the layers of holiday commercialism to reveal the true gifts of the season.

This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to